In the summer of 1989, Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson had their first date. It didn’t start out as a date, but by the end of that humid night — and by Barack’s sheer determination and charm — that’s what it eventually became. The electric courtship that followed, of course, would be written in our nation’s history.
That blinding, initial spark between the future POTUS and FLOTUS is the subject of writer-director Richard Tanne’s new film, “Southside With You,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday (Jan. 24). In it, a smooth-talking Barack (Parker Sawyers) woos his way into Michelle’s (Tika Sumpter) heart on their first date. It’s a sweet and sincere fictionalized take that, according to Tanne, is at least 90 percent accurate.
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